While bike shares and fitness cycling are soaring in popularity in California, more people died in bicycle accidents between 2016 and 2018 across the state than during any three-year period in the last 25 years. According to a California Healthline report, traffic accidents proved fatal for 455 bicyclists in California between 2016 and 2018 and this is based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The figures translate to about 3.9 bike accident deaths per million people, the highest rate over any three-year period since the mid-1990s before many California cities even built extensive bike networks. …Read the rest »
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Bicycle Accidents - Bisnar Chase Blog
From the year 2009-2014, there were more than 86,000 accidents involving a car and a bicycle in California, marginally higher than the number of motorcycle accidents in the state. Of those accidents, almost 1,000 of them resulted in the bicyclist losing his or her life. Riding a bicycle, especially at night, can be extremely dangerous on California roads. Bisnar Chase reports on bicycle accidents that happen in the area to raise awareness and to promote the safety of bicyclists everywhere.
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Only about one in five adults in the United States and one in 10 children and teens who suffered head and neck injuries in bicycle accidents said they wore a helmet. This is according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, which was published Sept. 13 in the journal Brain Injury, looked at data from more than 76,000 bicyclists all over the country who suffered head injuries between 2002 and 2012. …Read the rest »
Bicycle manufacturer Specialized has initiated a recall for defective bicycle parts that could cause loss of control. According to reports, the manufacturer has voluntarily initiated the product defect recall at a time when the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has closed because of the government shutdown. Specialized says it has received reports from the field that show the steerer tube collar on certain 2017-2019 models may be susceptible to stress corrosion cracking. This can result in sudden loss of steering control while riding. …Read the rest »
San Jose’s Mayor Sam Liccardo was injured in a bicycle accident after being struck by a car on New Year’s Day. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Liccardo, an avid bicyclist, was riding the afternoon of Jan. 1 in the 600 block of Salt Lake Drive when a car struck him. The driver of the vehicle pulled over and remained at the scene. Paramedics examined Liccardo, 48, and took him to an area hospital to get checked out. …Read the rest »
Tam Nguyen, 79, was fatally injured in a Stanton bicycle accident after he was hit by another vehicle the afternoon of Oct. 8. According to a report in The Orange County Register, the incident occurred near the intersection of Cerritos and Magnolia avenues. Paramedics transported Nguyen to an area trauma center where he later died from his injuries. …Read the rest »
A Los Angeles jury has ordered Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles to pay $9.1 million to a man who sustained brain damage after he swerved to avoid debris and lost control of his bicycle on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Jeffrey Watts suffered a traumatic brain injury in the incident that occurred July 2014 as he rode toward his home in Topanga Canyon. Watts was reportedly following signs that instructed cyclists to ride on the shoulder of the highway between the travel lanes and the cliff. …Read the rest »
Former “ER” star Maura Tierney is recovering after a bicycle accident in Marina del Rey area. According to a City News Service report, a vehicle clipped the rear tire of the actress’s bicycle around noon on Aug. 27. Tierney who currently stars in the Showtime drama, “The Affair,” was reportedly fitted with a neck brace and taken to a hospital to be checked out. The driver remained at the scene. Her injuries are not believed to be major. Officials have said alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this bicycle accident. …Read the rest »
A bicyclist was killed after being the unintended victim of a road rage accident in San Bernardino. According to a KTLA news report, the incident occurred the afternoon of June 4 when the drivers of a 2003 Infiniti and a 2000 BMW got involved in some type of altercation as they were driving east on West Fifth Street. The Infiniti, driven by 32-year-old Rosendo Ortiz, and the BMW driven by 28-year-old Karina Saucedo, were involved in the altercation over several minutes. …Read the rest »
The Los Angeles City Council, after having spent more than $19 million in recent lawsuit payouts stemming from bicycle accidents, voted to create a plan to inspect all bike paths and lanes and devise ways to pay for any needed repairs. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, the city in 2017 paid out more than $19 million in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits involving bicyclists. That amount is four times higher than any other year over the last decade, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also states that 19 percent of the city’s bike lanes got an F or D grade. …Read the rest »
Mark Kristofferson, 54, of Lake Stevens, Washington, has been identified as the bicyclist who was killed during the Tour de Palm Springs ride Feb. 10. A rider from Huntington Beach was seriously injured as well after a speeding car crashed into the cyclists, The Press-Enterprise reports. Police say a vehicle traveling at high speed lost control on Dillon Road just east of Perkins Drive in Indio Hills and struck the cyclists. Kristofferson was pronounced dead at the scene. …Read the rest »